"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Path of Abraham

7 Commandments that Abraham Kept

…Abraham obeyed Me and observed My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” – Genesis 26:5
One can see a ‘remez’ / hint to the 7 laws of Noah here. Commandments, statutes, and laws are each in the plural form.  This means that each of these terms are at least 2 in number, adding up to 6.  Then charge is in the singular, totalling 7.  These 7 things (as a minimal number) are what Abraham is said to have obeyed, when it says ‘because Abraham obeyed Me..’
Abraham lived hundreds of years before the time when the first 5 books of the Bible, the Law of Moses, were given to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai under Moses.  What, then, where these laws that Abraham obeyed?
According to the faith of the people of Israel, only Israelites [called Jews in modern English] are obligated to keep all 613 commandments of the “Old Testament.”  Those individuals who are not members of the people of Israel are only obligated to keep the 7 Laws of Noah – with their subsections.  The following introduction to the 7 Laws of Noah is from Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon[also known as Maimonides or Rambam]’s compilation of Talmudic law known as the Mishneh Torah:
[Click on any of the 7 Laws to view the basic details of that particular Law.]
“Concerning 6 matters Adam the first man was commanded:
1) Concerning idolatry
3) Concerning murder
4) Concerning sexual immorality
5) Concerning stealing
Eventhough we have knowledge of all of these commandments by the the oral teaching we received into our hands from Moses our teacher, and eventhough the human mind itself is inclined to establish these, nonetheless, it is seen in the general words of the written Torah (Law of Moses – the first 5 books of the Bible) that he (Adam) was commanded concerning these.
7) The prohibition against eating meat taken from an animal while it was still moving/active/alive, was additionally commanded to Noah, as it says:
“Nonetheless, meat with it’s life-movement in it’s blood do not eat.” – Genesis 9:4
Therefore we now have seven commandments.
The situation remained like this with the whole world until Abraham [Ahv’ra’ahm].  Abraham was eventually commanded more, in addition to these 7 commandments.  He was additionally commanded concerning circumcision.  He also established the daily morning service of prayer.
Isaac [Yees’hhoq] set apart tithes in the manner which the Torah [Law of Moses] commands, and he established the daily afternoon service of prayer, in addition. 
Jacob [Ya’aqov] added the prohibition concerning the sciatic nerve (hinted to in Genesis 32:32-33).  He established the daily evening service of prayer also. 
When the children of Israel were in Egypt, Amram was commanded concerning additionial commands.
At the coming of Moses [Mosha] the Torah was made whole….”         

“The Torah of the L-RD is whole, restoring the soul. The Testimony of the L-RD is steadfast, making wise the simple…” – Psalm 19:8

“To the Torah, even to the Testimony; For if they do not speak in accordance with this Word, there is no light of dawn to it.” – Isaiah 8:20

The later commands, which are in addition to the 7 commandments, that were commanded to Abraham and his descendents, only apply to the people to whom these commands say they apply.  In short, and in general, the 7 laws which Abraham was a faithful servant to kept, before ever being commanded to circumcise, remain the 7 catagorical laws binding on the majority of the world.  The Law of Moses as a whole is, thus, binding only on the people of Israel.  The people of Israel include anyone whose mother is a Jew, in addition to anyone who choose to join the people of Israel according to their commandments in the taking on the observance of the Law of Moses.  Such a person is no different than someone born a Jew in regard to the Law of Moses as a whole, as it is written:
“Concerning the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the convert who joins with you, perpetual law throughout your generationsas you are, so shall the convert be before the L-RD. There shall be one law and one ordinance for you and for the convert who joins with you.”  – Numbers 15:15-16

[I’ve had Christians tell me that perpetual does not mean ‘forever.’ Therefore it’s good to note here that the Hebrew term OLAM  is translated variously as perpetual, eternal, everlasting, forever, ever, uttermost, etc..  Therefore, if you read the words perpetual or ever or uttermost, do not automatically assume this means something other than forever.  Check what Hebrew word is being used, because there may be a possible distinction in your English translation between ‘perpetual‘ and ‘forever,’ that does not exist in the original Hebrew.]

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